‘When love is not madness, it is not love’ said Pedro Calderon de la Barca; the famous poet and writer of the Spanish Golden Age. Here at Merlin Events we definitely think Pedro was on to something, and so we have worked up some mad things to do with your valentine this year!
The Welcome Collection’s newly expanded gallery space will open with a wink and a blush The Institute of Sexology; an exhibition that brings together the great pioneers of the study of sex. More than 200 pieces of art, erotica, photography and ethnography will help visitors get a new perspective on perversions, lust and normality; with live events, discussions and performances to accompany the X-rated exhibits.
Loved Up: Pop Up restaurant at Madame Tussauds #loveduprestaurant
To celebrate this iconic day of love, on Saturday 14th February Madame Tussauds will be hosting a Loved up pop up restaurant. Under the ornate Chandeliers of the World Stage Ballroom you will be treated to a sumptuous three course meal; each course served with a partner glass of wine. Enjoy the company of your other half along with famous couples such as Brangelina, Posh & Becks and Prince William & Kate! A night not to be missed! You can purchase tickets here
Named London’s Most Romantic Restaurant by Harden’s Guide 2013; Clos Maggiore is an oasis of calm in the heart of Covent Garden. Influenced by the stylish country inns of Provence and Tuscany, its unique interiors create a warmth and intimacy enjoyed by both business and private parties. Impress your date with a special bottle too: the extensive cellar at Clos Maggiore includes over 2,000 labels!
Enjoy an amazing winter display as you walk through the world’s most famous gardens! Stroll down a soaring walkway amid tree canopies and wander through extensive gardens under glass reaching up to 27°C. Enjoy a day out with four cafes and restaurants, art galleries, a serene lake and water lily ponds. Very romantic indeed!
SEALIFE After Dark #Sealifeafterdark
Enjoy a welcome glass of prosecco upon arrival before acquainting yourself with the penguins, crocodiles and jellyfish that reside within the SEALIFE London Aquarium. Steel yourself to walk over the glass walkway with sharks swimming inches from you, and explore the Atlantic cove area where you will find gourmet food and our pacific wreck area with a fully stocked bar! It’s not every day you get to catch up with friends surrounded by turtles and stingrays, so book early to avoid disappointment. Get your tickets now!
Why not take a trip to the theatre? On just one special night of the year, all Jellicle cats meet at the Jellicle Ball where ‘Old Deuteronomy’; their wise and benevolent leader, makes the Jellicle choice and announces which of them will go up to ‘The Heaviside Layer’ and be reborn into a whole new-Jellicle life!! It’s iconic, it’s fabulous, it has a touch of romance… it’s CATS!
With a career spanning nearly forty years, some of the biggest hits in chart history, and a voice instantly recognizable the world over, Bonnie Tyler is arguably the first lady of rock! Tyler shot to prominence in the late Seventies and early Eighties with a string of hit singles including: ‘Lost in France’; ‘More than a Lover’; ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’; ‘It’s a Heartache’ and ‘Holding Out for a Hero’. A perfect medley of love rock!
Why not try something new this Valentine’s Day? The famous enlarged glass dome of 20 Fenchurch Street is dedicated to three stories of exquisitely landscaped public gardens and very exclusive social spaces, including observation decks and an open-air terrace.
Without Valentine’s Day, February would be…. well, January! So make the most of the amazing loved-up experiences on offer around the city this year and let us know what you get up to!
Written by Gareth McTiffin